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Paris Attacks Highlight 9/11 Health Care Bill

Days after the terrorist attacks in Paris, first responders from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on American soil headed to the Capitol to push Congress to renew their health care programs.

Abortion Opponents Deny Partisan Tilt of New Subcommittee

Marsha Blackburn is quick to point out that a new investigative panel she chairs is not called the “Planned Parenthood Committee.”

Court Decision Could Profoundly Affect State Rules on Abortion

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case challenging strict measures in Texas’ anti-abortion law.

Does Obamacare Repeal Have a Senate Path Without the Mandates?

The search is on for 51 Senate votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, raising questions about whether the House’s attempt to use the budget reconciliation process to do so will succeed.

Appeals Court Immigration Decision Could Head to Supreme Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled against the Obama administration late Monday in the main challenge to sweeping immigration executive actions announced a year ago.

Supreme Court Passes on Cell Phone Tracking Case

The Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear a challenge concerning digital privacy and cell phone location records as several proposed bills on the issue remain stalled in Congress.

Pelosi Pans Planned Parenthood Special Committee

At her weekly news conference Thursday afternoon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised the six Democrats she appointed to serve on the new subcommittee to investigate Planned Parenthood.

Brady Set to Replace Ryan as Ways and Means Chairman

Updated 5:43 p.m. | Kevin Brady was chosen to replace Paul D. Ryan as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

White House Deflects Blame for GOP Gains

Shifting demographics and Republican turnout fueled another victorious election night for Republican candidates, the White House contends, not the president or his health care law.

Cannon Reopens After Asbestos Scare

Officials have reopened the Cannon House Office Building after an asbestos scare shuttered its doors from late Friday through most of Saturday.

Brady Makes Pitch for Ways and Means Gavel

Hours after Paul D. Ryan was sworn in as speaker, Rep. Kevin Brady made his pitch to succeed the Wisconsin Republican on the Ways and Means Committee.

Boehner Names Planned Parenthood Committee Republicans

Speaker John A. Boehner announced Friday that Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., will chair the investigative panel created following a string of hidden camera videos showing Planned Parenthood employees talking about the sale of fetal tissue.

Cruz: Senate Umpire Works for Us

Updated 4:54 p.m. | GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz signaled the Senate parliamentarian should be ousted or ignored if a full repeal of Obamacare is deemed to violate budget rules.

Cruz, Gohmert Want Bust of Planned Parenthood Founder Removed

Two Texas lawmakers are leading a call for a bust of a Planned Parenthood founder to be removed from the National Portrait Gallery.

House GOP Looks Outside for Advice on Planned Parenthood Panel

House Republicans insist their new committee to investigate Planned Parenthood won’t be political.

We Need a Code of Conduct for the Supreme Court | Commentary

The Supreme Court may be the highest court in the land, but that doesn’t mean it should operate by a different set of rules. Yet, as the court begins its fall term this week, many Americans would be surprised to learn that the nine justices on the Supreme Court are the only federal judges in the nation not bound by a code of ethical conduct. That means, for example, there are no rules requiring justices to recuse themselves because of a conflict of interest, despite the fact they may be hearing important cases that have impact on the law far beyond their tenure on the court. While we shouldn’t presume that judges would be incapable of making the right call when it comes to a conflict of interest, we should not be naive to the possibility. That is why we should finally place Supreme Court justices under a code of ethical conduct, as is required of all other federal judges.

Craig's Attorney Cites Roll Call Report in Appeals Court Case

A leak to Roll Call about Sen. Larry E. Craig's 2007 guilty plea in a Minnesota airport bathroom sex sting should allow him to spend $197,533 in campaign funds on the legal fees to try to undo the plea, the former Idaho senator’s attorney argued in court Wednesday.

Rand Paul Leads Call for Audit of Fetal Tissue Research

A trio of the Senate’s Republican presidential candidates put their names on a letter also signed by a majority of the conference asking for a new inquiry into fetal tissue research.

Reauthorizing the Second Chance Act Is Essential to More Successful Prisoner Re-Entry | Commentary

About 95 percent of the people in our prisons will eventually return to society. It is in all of our interests to give these individuals a second chance.

Sen. Lee Cites 2002 Utah Case Behind Push for Sentencing Change

For Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, the unfair prison sentence of one man from his home state helped spark his push to overhaul the nation’s criminal sentencing laws.

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